Tuning of Photoluminescence by Cation Nanosegregation in the (CaMg)x(NaSc)1-xSi2O6 Solid Solution

Zhiguo Xia*, Guokui Liu, Jianguo Wen, Zhigang Mei, Mahalingam Balasubramanian, Maxim S. Molokeev, Licong Peng, Lin Gu, Dean J. Miller, Quanlin Liu, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier

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Controlled photoluminescence tuning is important for the optimization and modification of phosphor materials. Herein we report an isostructural solid solution of (CaMg)x(NaSc)1-xSi2O6 (0 < x < 1) in which cation nanosegregation leads to the presence of two dilute Eu2+ centers. The distinct nanodomains of isostructural (CaMg)Si2O6 and (NaSc)Si2O6 contain a proportional number of Eu2+ ions with unique, independent spectroscopic signatures. Density functional theory calculations provided a theoretical understanding of the nanosegregation and indicated that the homogeneous solid solution is energetically unstable. It is shown that nanosegregation allows predictive control of color rendering and therefore provides a new method of phosphor development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1158-1161
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 3 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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